BA (Hons) Acting and English

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Acting and English BA (Hons)



We offer the only combined actor-training and English degree in the UK

Overview

Develop your acting skills to a professional standard, while exploring English literature, and gain a deep understanding of the relationship between text and performance.

Acting is the practical realisation of text and is closely linked to the discipline of English. This course allows you to develop your acting skills while studying English literature, giving you a firm knowledge base from which to work in either field.

This unique combination of study will open up many options for work or further academic study. You’ll have a range of options, which will allow you to tailor the' course to fit your particular interests, and have the chance to develop allied skills such as theatre directing.

Acting classes cover acting for both stage and screen, and will include substantial workshop performances as well as public productions in the final year, including the opportunity to present your own fully supported show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

When you leave the course you’ll be armed with a career action plan, a show reel and significant experience in both acting and English.

Edinburgh Napier students performing in 'Trojan Barbie'.

Mode of Study:

Full-Time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

QW34


About you
Enter first name
*
Enter last name
*
*
*
*
*
*

Course details

This course is aimed at those with an interest in both practical acting and English literature. You’ll enhance your performing skills to industry-standard, while simultaneously studying English literature in its cultural-historical context. The course is split evenly between the study of English literature and the study of acting.

English is studied from the early 19th century to the present day providing a modern, interdisciplinary approach to literature. You’ll develop an appreciation of different genres and explore the value of literature in the modern world. Practical acting projects will often work alongside the English texts you are studying. You will read, analyse and perform texts of a similar era at the same time, thereby deepening your understanding of both literature and acting. 

Our programme is not a drama/theatre studies course – we aim to train actors to vocational standard over four years.  Along with intensive classes and workshops in acting, you will study alongside the BA (Hons) English degree students in a variety of classes that cover subjects from Shakespeare to Romantic poetry to modern drama.

You’ll study:
  • Acting: The ability to develop, play and sustain a character in performance
  • Voice: Enhancing your vocal range and potential
  • Movement:Enhancing your physical capabilities.
You’ll also get vocational and industry-relevant training through intensive workshops, centred on acting for stage and screen and on the craft, practice and business of performance.

Throughout the course there will be a particular focus on enhancing confidence and communication, and deepening the ability to be cogent and articulate about a variety of critical approaches and the process of performance. You’ll benefit from studying in a vibrant city with a great literary heritage and plenty of relevant cultural events.

You’ll prepare for work in live and recorded performances. The course culminates with the opportunity either to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or to produce a thesis in a chosen subject area, depending on where you decide to concentrate study in your final year.

This unique combination of skills and knowledge will equip you with a wide range of options for work or further academic study.
  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Your learning experience will consist primarily of practical, workshop-based classes, tutorials, and seminars with visiting professionals.

  • note and pen Assessments

    The majority of your assessments will be practical and performance-based, all of which will be underpinned by research and analytical course work.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Critical Contexts: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Reading Texts: Analysing Film, Literature and Culture
  • Acting Fundamentals I
  • Acting Fundamentals II (Naturalism)
  • Interpreting Text
  • 19th Century Literature and Culture 1 or Literature & Adaptation

Year 2

  • Modern Drama: Shakespeare and the Renaissance
  • Fundamentals of Directing
  • The Modern Novel
  • Intermediate Acting (20th Century Drama)
  • Shakespeare Workshop Performance

Year 3

  • C21 Literature: Writing the Unfolding Present
  • Advanced Acting (Style)
  • Directing II
  • Leadership in the Creative Industries

One option module from:

  • Women's Writing & Film-making
  • Unacknowledged Legislators: Poets in History and Society
  • Science fiction: text and film

Year 4

  • Dissertation
  • Performance Workshop II
  • Festival Production
One option module from:

  • Postcolonial Fiction and Film
  • Modern Scottish Fiction;
  • Lateness and the Modern
  • The Gothic Tradition
  • Performance Skills for Professional Practice
  • Memoir, Documentary and the Essay Film
  • Fictions of Terror

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As part of the selection process suitably qualified applicants will normally be invited to attend an audition and interview. This applies to all years of entry.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Audition and application

Your audition plays a big part in the selection process, but we are looking for a demonstrated interest within acting, whether it be in subjects at school or clubs, societies etc. We're looking for passion, self-motivation, strong imagination and a willingness to be open to new ideas. If you show potential in the audition, and can meet the academic criteria, then we will be able to offer a place on our course.

The audition will be in three parts:

  • a classical speech (Shakespeare) - we will send you a selection to pick from
  • a two-minute devised piece, which might reflect something about yourself
  • a song to be sung a cappella (pick your best 16 bars of music).

For each part of the audition, we're looking for an imaginative connection to the world of the piece you've chosen. Our advice is to come prepared: understand and learn all your material, inside and out. Otherwise, nerves will prevent you from performing to the best of your ability.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBCC including Grade B in English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC including Grade B in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. For further information see our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCD including Grade C in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B3, B3, B3, B3 at HL including English

New Grading System:

H3, H3, H3, H3 at HL including English

HNC

Pass HNC in a relevant, performance based subject, with Grade B in the graded unit. Grade B in Higher English also required.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 26 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 5, 5, 5 including English.

Minimum year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Grade B in English.

A Level

BBB including English.

HND

Pass HND in a relevant, performance-based subject, with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Grade B in Higher English also required.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with 6.5 overall and no element below 6.0.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact ugadmissions@napier.ac.uk.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £12,350 tba
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

Two student actors play a scene

Career opportunities include:

  • Actor
  • Journalist
  • Theatre Director
  • Creative Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Presenter
  • Teacher
  • Arts Administrator
  • Lecturer
  • Theatre Stage Manager
  • Artistic Director
  • Playwright
  • Artistic Programmer
  • Box Office Manager
  • Project Director
  • Participation Director
  • Communications Manager

Student actor wrapped in US flag